Artist: Paula Schubatis
Title: Sui Generis
Found fibers: cotton; silk; wool; rag rug yarn from twill, silk; nylon cord
31" x 29"
Paula Schubatis is a Detroit-based painter, textile artist and designer who explores the potential of unconventional, overlooked or wasted, materials in creating elevated design objects.
After earning her BFA in 2013 from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design, Paula explored the conceptual and performative aspects of art through many residency programs in Detroit and abroad including: Red Bull House of Art Detroit Cycle 6, The Atelier House, Hilmseln, Germany and Arusha Meru International School, Arusha, Tanzania.
Paula's practice is driven by her passion for the performative and ceremonial aspect of design and art making as well as the ritual of utilizing functional objects in everyday life. Her work takes on beautiful, painterly, ethereal forms but is often a good-natured poke at traditional notions of style/taste, form and function.
ABOUT NEXT:SPACE DETROIT
Founded in 2014, NEXT:SPACE is the leading purveyor of bespoke and limited edition furniture, lighting and functional objects in Detroit, MI. Developed to further the legacy of important design in Detroit, NEXT:SPACE presents forward-thinking furniture from studio designers shaping the evolution of design.
NEXT:SPACE was founded by appraiser and design curator, Isabelle Weiss, really out of necessity. Despite the rich history of design in Detroit, in 2014 there were no galleries focused on functional design. And so, Isabelle was compelled to create a new platform, a “living archive” of the people, objects and stories that shape the next generation of important furniture design in Detroit and Michigan.
In her role at NEXT:SPACE, Isabelle sees herself as a “future historian” - presenting and documenting Detroit design today so it is remembered and valued in the future. This perspective was born from Isabelle’s studies in the History of Art and her subsequent career as an appraiser with a boutique international auction house. Specializing in mid-20th century art and design, her studies in design history and work with iconic mid century furniture, led to her interest in building a platform for contemporary design that pushes Michigan’s design legacy to new and exciting territory for the next generation of designers and collectors alike.